Vatican Temporarily Removes Kerala Bishop Accused Of Raping Nun

Saul Bowman
September 23, 2018

Bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of rape by a nun in Kerala, has been temporarily relieved of his pastoral responsibilities by the Vatican. He was questioned for the third successive day on Friday. He was interrogated by a five-member CID team led by Vaikom Deputy Superintendent of Police K Subash.

The nun with the Missionaries of Jesus order filed a police complaint in June accusing the bishop of raping her from 2014 to 2016. The police had questioned the bishop once on August 13, nearly two months after the complaint was filed but the case had been kept in cold storage after that. Earlier, a case was registered against the Missionaries of Jesus for circulating the photograph of the rape victim.

The Punjab Christian United Front, however, cited the bishop's arrest as one made under pressure and condemned the distribution of candies.

Police said he will appear in court on Sunday.

She wrote: "We experience neglect from every side".


Reportedly, this is the first time in the Catholic church's history in Kerala that nuns have come out in protest against the church authorities and the police, who have been allegedly trying to delay the process of investigation and the resultant arrest. "If the allegations are proved right, we are ready to boycott him". The statement has also said that the allegations against the bishop are completely baseless. "Perhaps the police are under pressure", he said.

Three teams are probing Fr Mulakkal, who has been accused of raping a nun 13 times over a period of two years at different places.

In her police complaint, the nun alleged that Mulakkal raped her at a guest house in May 2014 and later sexually exploited her on several occasions.

The bishop has been charged under four counts including rape, illegal confinement and criminal intimidation.

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